If you didn’t know any better, you’d think that Wood’s Hole, MA is just another quaint seaside village that comes to life with summer tourists. It has delicious restaurants, cute shops, and beautiful ocean views. But there are so many more amazing things going on behind the walls of those small and historic New England cottages and old brick buildings of that four square mile village.
Woods Hole houses the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution one of the oldest and most revered marine laboratories in the world. Just steps beyond the sidewalk of the main drag (Water Street) is where they recently completed the upgrade for the Alvin submersible. It is also home to the Marine Biological Laboratory, Buzzards Bay Coalition, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, and Sea Education Association.
Another hidden gem is the Woods Hole Science Aquarium.
Though it’s small, its design effectively conveys the science behind the marine animals and ecosystems showcased, and focuses primarily on species that can be found in New England and Mid Atlantic waters. It’s also free!
Additional highlights include a touch tank on the second floor, and a seal tank out by the front entrance. So the next time you find yourself in Wood’s Hole, I invite you to play marine biologist for a day and check out some of the great activities offered by these wonderful institutions.